When the temperature creeps higher than 110ºF, not too many people or even insects want to be outside. This is true for even the most resilient critters, the diehard cockroaches.
When it’s hot, they—like you—want to head inside to the air-conditioned rooms you call home.
It’s one thing when you have roaches in a single-family house, but what about when they make their way into a multiunit apartment complex?
Before you know it, they’ve begun to take over the building and are finding their way from one residence to the next.
If you’re the complex owner or property manager, you may be scratching your head and asking, “What do I do now?”
Mitigate the Cockroach Issue: Cleaning and Spraying
Although you certainly can’t tell your tenants when and how to clean, you can ensure the units are in top condition when you turn them. Complete a deep clean every time you change tenants. If the units are carpeted, this is a great time to start anew and replace the carpet (or switch to laminate / wood flooring).
A fresh coat of paint is also a great idea in between apartment dwellers.
Whether you’re in charge of a larger community or just one building, regular maintenance is crucial to reducing potential roach problems. This includes having Budget Brothers Termite & Pest perform spraying on the grounds for bugs.
Plug up open spaces where roaches can crawl into or between units; inspect for worn cords, pipes, or wiring; and keep the area clear of debris and standing water.
Educate Residents on Cockroaches and Other Pests
Not everyone in an apartment complex is as diligent as you are when it comes to cleanliness or having a bug-free living space.
And that might be in part because they just don’t know, so it’s up to you to educate them.
Send out monthly notices with suggestions on how to keep the roaches out. Some ideas to share:
- Reduce clutter. Bugs love to live in clutter.
- Remove food sources. Keep all foods securely covered and put away, and clean the kitchen regularly, including sweeping the floor.
- Replace bar soap with liquid soap. Roaches like the carbohydrates in soap.
- Take out the trash frequently so roaches aren’t interested in your leftovers.
Ask your tenants to let you know immediately when they see any bugs in their apartment or on the grounds. The sooner you know about the problem, the faster you can get rid of it. If you have Budget Brothers Termite & Pest coming to the complex regularly to treat the grounds, you can offer to extend the service to your residents as well.
Apartment Complex Help from the Cockroach Elimination Experts
It would be lovely to think that a clean apartment complex and attentive residents mean that you’ll never experience a bug problem, but that’s unfortunately not the case.
Even the most diligent property managers and apartment complex owners have to deal with bugs from time to time.
When that happens, don’t despair. Budget Brothers Termite & Pest is a pest control partner you can trust.